Zachary Levi is heading to the Great White Way. The actor — next seen in Thor: The Dark World and always late of NBC’s spy series Chuck — will make his Broadway debut this August in First Date, a “romantic musical comedy.” (Don’t worry, he sings.)
Levi will star opposite TV and theater actress Krysta Rodriguez (Smash, The Addams Family). The show has a book by Gossip Girl writer/producer Austin Winsberg and music/lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. Performances begin on July 9 with the opening scheduled for August 8 at the LongacreTheatre. First Date had its first production last year in Seattle where it was awarded four Seattle Times Footlight Awards, including best musical.
The full plot summary is:
When tightly wound Aaron (Levi) is set up with serial-dater Casey (Rodriguez) a quick drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious, high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds they are not alone on this date as Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons and the wait staff get into the act. Dinner is served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. First Date is Broadway’s new hysterical and hopeful new musical about the chances we take to find love.
Tickets are on sale now.